Pre-Super Tuesday Poll: Clinton’s Lead Was Growing

Posted February 6, 2008 at 5:28pm

Read the full Gallup tracking poll

The Gallup daily tracking poll – this one conducted Feb.3-5 – showed Hillary Clinton’s support growing on a national basis, although it should be noted the survey was mostly conducted before Super Tuesday results were known. So there won’t be any clues until tomorrow whether the knock-down, drag-out battle of the states fought by Clinton and Barack Obama yesterday has changed voter perceptions of the candidates, or the dynamics of the race.

Obama had closed the gap to as little as 3 points in this poll, leading up to Super Tuesday. But today’s survey shows Clinton with a double-digit lead, 52 percent to 39 percent over Obama. The margin of error is 3 percent.

On the Republican side, things stayed pretty much the same with John McCain leading Mitt Romney 41 percent to 25 percent with Mike Huckabee at 21 percent. The margin of error was also 3 percent here.

While we’re here, worth noting is a report put out by American University’s Center for the Study of the American Electorate. The Center’s preliminary finding reports that “voter turnout on Super Tuesday, and in earlier primaries, is on pace to break the record turnout seen during the 1972 presidential primaries. With 27 percent of eligible citizens voting in primaries so far, this year’s primary turnout will eclipse the 25.9 percent average recorded in 1972.”